Track 4: Cases from the field

Track contributions

Do you believe in my 'Story of Five Ships'?

Started 9 months ago

In my conclusions and recommendations in the presentation related to the establishment of FIPAG training acdemy in Mozambique (Webinar of Track 4 on Thursday 28 May at 14:00 hours), I define five bullets which I beleive are the pillars of sucesfull capacity development in North-South and South-South collaborations:

1.It will work only if the local partner really believes in it. (OWNERSHIP)

2.Instable systems survive on the shoulders of champions. (LEADERSHIP)

3.Regional collaboration and support is very important. (PARTNERSHIP)

4.The atmosphere of mutual trust is the foundation of every success. (FRIENDSHIP)

5.Life does not stop. What next? (ENTREPRENEURSHIP)

Would you agree?

Are we all in the same ship?

Dear Nemanja

I fully agree with your 5 points but the most with your last point, Entrepreneurship.  Wether we like it or not, the main driver for people to do things is generate income so if delivering water, results in income, people will go on after projects, donations stop.   Henk Holtslag.    SMART Centre Group.

Dear Henk, I beleive that this is where donors can be a bit more strict in the appointments. You want a fellowship? You sign to continue working another 5 years for the same company or you pay money back. For instance....

Hi Nemanja, I am also with Henk on Entrepreneurship, but I would also add intrapreneurship.  Donors want to make sure that their investment is long lived. It means that the business models for training need to be clear and should aim for becoming self-sustained financially.  That means to develop business within the capacity development investment recipient in the long run. I know that is what the WB was looking to do in the case of DANUBIS and the Danube water program http://www.danube-water-program.org/

 

 

Dear Diana, Thanks for introducing the 'ship' nr. 6 (and also for the link!). Indeed this is the part of the deal between the donor and the client. My experience is that typical developing world mindset is not used to forward thinking in longer period of time (no wonder: in instable systems, people are more used to quick gains than to the startegic thinking). Yet, with a bit of patience (and luck) keeping your eyes wide open you manage to come accross 'powerful champions' provided they can keep their position long enough to realise their vision. This process is very important in my view, as well. KInd Regards, N.

Dear Diana
Thank you for your reaction. Good observation and I know that Organisations
like the World Bank
expect training institutions to become *financially self sustaining*.
The SMART Centres get income from Scholar ships for trainees and doing
projects.
For instance an organisation wants 20 wells, than the SMART centre does
this project but
subcontracts the welldrillers they have trained. In that way they have also
a control over quality.
On the other hand Trainings centres like SMART Centres train in Vocational
and business skills
so like any vocational education, *that requirs funds from Government,
donors *to get started and to run
The trained entrepreneurs become 100 % Self sustained.
Regards
Henk Holtslag
www.smartcentregroup.com

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